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    Old 04-14-2001, 05:18 PM   #1
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    rosacea, laser and ProTopic

    My dermatologist has recommended laser therapy for my rosacea, and has also started me on an ointment called ProTopic to decrease the redness.

    Anyone with any experience with either of these?

     
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    Old 06-05-2001, 01:26 PM   #2
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    i had a laser treatment for my rosacea, which is actually pretty mild. I spent $500 for the first round of treatment, and did not go back to the next 3 rounds. the doctor told me I would experience mild redness. A few hours after the treatment, I did have red bumps all over my face. the next morning, the bumps were gone, but my eyes were all swollen, and I had pretty bad bruising. this lasted a week. the swelling would go down after an hour or two each morning, and I was able to cover up the bruising pretty well with heavy makeup. after a week, my skin did look better. and the few broken capilllaries that were bugging me were gone. I don't know if I had an atypical reaction to it, or if the doctor just minimized the possible side effects when he discussed it with me. I haven't been back to see him. If you do want to do it, just don't don't plan any socializing for the next week in case you have my reaction. (the treatment itself is mildly uncomfortable. you have to cover your eyes with tanning bed type glasses, and the laser gun emits a loud cracking sound and spark, which stings abit and smells like burning flesh! I'm not trying to scare you, but would have preferred to be more prepared; I was kind of shocked, since I was expecting a nice, mild experience)

     
    Old 06-06-2001, 07:12 AM   #3
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    Re: rosacea, laser and ProTopic

    Thanks for your reply. My experience was very different from yours, so I'm glad I didn't see your reply first <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">.

    I only have to have one treatment, and it was $350. I has EMLA creme to use beforehand and it was very helpful in taking away the discomfort. I had some stinging during the actual laser but it went away as soon as he quit.

    I had a slight sunburn look that evening, but no continuing discomfort, and went to work the next day. My co-workers could tell an improvement even the next day, and now, about 2 weeks later, it is dramatically better. I had no bumps, no bruising, no anything except massive improvement.

    The Pro-Topic is also helping decrease the red and I will coninue using that for now.

    Overall, I would recommend what I had, but maybe not what you had.

    Lisa<p>[This message has been edited by Lisa/Tx (edited 06-06-2001).]

     
    Old 06-25-2001, 09:18 PM   #4
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    Lisa, I have several questions for you. I am interested in something called microdermabrasion. Is that what your laser experience was? What type of laser did you have? (There are several different kinds-like CO2 laser,etc.) At what level? Did your doctor say the results were permanent? How does your skin look now? Thanks for any insight you can offer.

     
    Old 06-26-2001, 09:41 PM   #5
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    My laser treatment was not the same as microdermabrasion, and I am not sure what type of laser he used.

    The effects are supposed to be permanent but I am also supposed to avoid hot showers (a real weakness) and sunburn to prevent the vessels from reopening.

    My skin still looks much better. I will always have a red complexion and oily skin, but normal makeup now takes care of it. The real test will be this winter - when we will see if my nose turns purple.

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